Halloween might be over, but the fun has just begun. Dia De Los Muertos celebrations are taking over the city and providing tons of entertainment for the whole family. If that’s not enough to keep you busy, there’s more to check out. Think Greatful Dead for kid, family festivals and more. Read on to find out where you need to be.


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NW Portland
Festival De Dia De Los Muertos
Join for this second Day of the Dead Celebration! There will be music, Latino Network’s Ballet Folklorico Group, Corazones Alegres, arts and crafts, and tamales (while they last)! Learn about this beautiful Mexican tradition that celebrates and honors the life of those who have passed. Fri. Event Details.

SW Portland

Free Pony Rides
As part of its 25th Anniversary weekend celebration, Thinker Toys is hosting free pony rides for kids Friday, Nov. 1 from 4-6 p.m. The two ponies are provided by Wish Upon a Pony and the event is “weather permitting.” Fri. Event Details.

Join a Family Dance Party
Family Dance Party is an all ages movement class designed to engage kids and parents alike in moving to a wide variety of genres of music. Jen prepares a mix of simple dance steps and interactive music and movement activities.Fri. Event Details.

Attend a Birthday Party for Thinker Toys TurnsWow- it’s been 25 years! Join us Thinker Toys is celebrating their birthday with a whirlwind weekend of freebies, musical performance by Red Yarn, pony rides, and more! Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Join the Celebration of Art
The ORA artist collective will light up the Hillsdale neighborhood with its annual Celebration of Art event, offering art on display and for sale from award-winning and celebrated local artists. With over 25 local artists, chosen through competitive jury selection, displaying work in a range of media including paint, silk, ceramics, fused glass, fiber, wood, and precious metals, this show is especially impressive in its depth, variety and quality. Find unique and artful gifts for the holiday season! Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Da De Muertos PDX: Son Huitziln
Head to St. Andrew’s Church, for Muertos PDX’s 11th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Celebration! The community will come together to remember loved ones that have passed. Visit altars, decorate a sugar skull, or simply enjoy the mariachi, Catrinas and beautiful dancers!! All ages are welcome! Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

OMSIs 2019 Sci-Fi Film Festival
Experience futuristic dystopias, sinister artificial intelligence, and riveting alien adventures with over 25 of science fiction’s most memorable films. This year’s line-up includes classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, The Matrix, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial as well as new favorites like Inception and Interstellar, all on the largest screen in Portland. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Downtown

Don’t Miss The Grateful Dead for Kids
The Rock and Roll Playhouse is debuting in Portland with family-friendly concerts at the Crystal Ballroom! They are kicking off the fun with the music of The Grateful Dead for kids. Sun. Event Details.

Cedar Hills

Attend the Family Fall Festival
Bring the whole family for an afternoon of fun to the Family Fall Festival,
sponsored by GiGi’s Playhouse Portland. There will be food and drinks, games, family friendly dance parties, and vendors of all kinds. Don’t forget to enter the raffle to win a prize and enjoy multiple live performances. (And for the parents, stop by the wine wall and pick a winner!). Donations kindly accepted to go toward opening the doors of GiGi’s Playhouse Portland, an organization that seeks to change the way the world views Down syndrome. Sun. Event Details. 

—Annette Benedetti

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